Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared that the AUKUS alliance, between the US, the UK and Australia, and the Quadriteral Security Dialogue, known as Quad, are damaging “universal formats” of cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. This was stated this Saturday during his intervention at the 29th Assembly of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy of Russia.
The senior official stressed that it is already obvious that “the center of world development has shifted from the Euro-Atlantic region to the Asia-Pacific region.” According to Lavrov, for the past decades “under the auspices of ASEAN [Asociación de Naciones del Sudeste Asiático]”There were” universal formats “for collaboration based on the principles of “consensus”, “equality” and “mutual consideration of interests” where all the key States of the region participated.
“One of the most fashionable trends at the moment are the so-called Indo-Pacific strategies, invented by the USA and embodied by the Quad quartet [formado por Estados Unidos, Japón, India, Australia] and, more recently, the creation of AUKUS “, explained the Russian minister.
Currently, “all of this is in line with the blurring” of these formats, the foreign minister said. The concept that the US now uses “is destined to break this system“and” has openly proclaimed its goal of containing China. “
For her part, the spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajárova, declared on September 26 that the creation of AUKUS has shown the West what a world order is like that is based not on law, but on newly created rules, informs TASS. The diplomat explained that previously the legal basis of the world order was the Charter of the United Nations, while today “The rules are printed in a totally chaotic way.”
Road to the division of the region
Several experts pointed to MRT that, in fact, the erosion of existing cooperation formats in the Asia-Pacific region could be aimed at countering China. “The new alliance also targets the Asian giant and aims to consolidate all the residents of Beijing under an anti-Chinese slogan“, says Konstantín Blokhin, principal investigator of the Center for Security Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
For his part, the military expert and principal investigator of the Higher School of Economics of the National Research University, Vasili Kashin, highlighted that “the creation of AUKUS is one of the stages of division in the region due to the escalation of the confrontation between the United States and China“The specialist pointed out that Washington does not take into account the interests of the countries involved in its sphere of influence.
Likewise, Sergei Ermakov, principal expert of the Research Coordination Center of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, points out that Beijing considers that AUKUS and the appearance of nuclear submarines in Australia represent a military threat to the country and undermine international stability. The expert assumes that “China will develop a plan to counter these measures “ and does not rule out the possibility of rapprochement between the Asian nation and Moscow in the sphere of security.
- US President Joe Biden; the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson; and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced September 15th the formation of a new alliance for security and defense cooperation for the Indo-Pacific.
- Trilateral cooperation, called AUKUS, foresees that the US will help Australia with the necessary technologies to equip itself with nuclear-powered submarines.
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